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Oakland City Clerk LaTonda Simmons announces the number on a pingpong ball drawn at random. Oakland officials employed the unusual method to award four coveted cannabis dispensary permits issued by the city.

Oakland City Clerk LaTonda Simmons announces the number on a pingpong ball drawn at random. Oakland officials employed the unusual method to award four coveted cannabis dispensary permits issued by the city.

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Jerry Bui (center) and his aunt, Kim Nguyen (right), react after Nguyen just misses out on a cannabis dispensary permit awarded in a random draw.

Jerry Bui (center) and his aunt, Kim Nguyen (right), react after Nguyen just misses out on a cannabis dispensary permit awarded in a random draw.

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A pingpong ball rolls out of a hopper in Oakland during the draw to award cannabis dispensary permits.

A pingpong ball rolls out of a hopper in Oakland during the draw to award cannabis dispensary permits.

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A permit applicant selects a pingpong ball that is put into a cage at Oakland council chambers. Winners were selected by a draw.

A permit applicant selects a pingpong ball that is put into a cage at Oakland council chambers. Winners were selected by a draw.

Photo: Paul Chinn, The Chronicle

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Allen Dias selects a pingpong ball before a random draw for cannabis

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